Freedom for All Massachusetts Campus Organizing Fellow - Western Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts

Campus Organizing Fellow

Freedom for All Massachusetts (FFAM), the campaign to preserve transgender nondiscrimination protections at the ballot in the 2018 election, has an immediate opening for organizing fellows to manage campus teams at University of Massachusetts Amherst to defeat the discriminatory 2018 ballot initiative that would eliminate public accommodations nondiscrimination protections for transgender Bay Staters.

Background

In 2016, a bipartisan coalition of Massachusetts lawmakers passed legislation updating the Commonwealth’s nondiscrimination laws to include protections for transgender people in public spaces, such as restaurants, retail stores and hospitals. An Act Relative to Transgender Anti-Discrimination added “gender identity” to existing Massachusetts civil rights law for public accommodations, which currently prohibits discrimination based on age, race, national origin, sexual orientation, sex, religion and marital status.

Following the passage of the bill, anti-transgender activists secured the low threshold of signatures needed – fewer than one percent of the state population – to try to take these protections away on the statewide November 2018 ballot.

Freedom for All Massachusetts will lead a broad based coalition of stakeholders committed to protecting fairness for our transgender neighbors and ensuring that Massachusetts remains a leader on civil rights.

Position Description

Campus Organizing Fellows will be responsible for building a team of volunteers on one target campus. The ideal candidate has experience working or volunteering on at least one electoral campaign and some experience managing volunteers. They should be organized and able to manage many concurrent projects while also holding teams accountable to realistic goals.

Qualified candidates will have the ability to work independently, develop organizational systems, implement clear goals, and provide detailed tracking and regular reporting of progress. All applicants should have a clear commitment to supporting LGBT issues, including an understanding of the importance of nondiscrimination legislation and issues specific to the transgender community.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • Some experience managing volunteers

  • Experience providing detailed reporting and tracking

  • Familiarity with VAN, Excel and Google documents required

  • Ability to work independently and meet goals and deadlines.

  • Ability to work flexible hours and meet a demanding campaign schedule

Benefits

This is a project-based contract position.